CAPTURED: Boston Bombing Suspect Apprehended by Police
[flashvideo file=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M80DXI932OE /] By Wendy Osher
Standoff Ends: Boston Bombing Suspect Apprehended by Police
UPDATE 3:03 p.m. 4/19/13: Boston Police clarify with the following additional tweet: “CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.”
That is followed by an additional tweet at around 3:05 p.m. saying the following: “In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier.”
UPDATE: 2:47 p.m., 4/19/13 Boston Police have tweeted that the second Boston Marathon Bombing suspect is now in custody.
UPDATE 4/19/13: There are new developments overnight in the manhunt for suspects involved in the Boston Marathon bombings. Suspect-1, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (black hat) is dead after a firefight with police; and suspect-2, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev (white hat) is still at large. Authorities say the two are brothers.
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office Richard DesLauriers released photos today of two suspects believed to be involved in the Monday bombings at the Boston Marathon.
In a nationally televised press conference, DesLauriers stated the following:
“Within the last day or so, through that careful process, we initially developed a single person of interest. Not knowing that the individual was alone or in concert with others, we obviously worked with extreme purpose to make that determination.”
Through their investigation, the FBI also developed a second suspect.
“Today we are enlisting the public’s help to identify the two suspects,” said DesLauriers.
After a detailed analysis of photo, video, and other evidence, FBI officials said they are releasing photos of these two suspects with the hopes that the public will help in further identifying the individuals.
The individuals are being referred to by FBI authorities as “Suspect-1” who is wearing a dark hat, and “Suspect-2” who is wearing a white hat.
“They appear to be associated,” said DesLauriers in the press briefing. “As you can see from one of the images, Suspects 1 and 2 appear to be walking together through the marathon crowd on Boylston Street in the direction of the finish line,” he said.
“Suspect-2 set down a backpack at the site of the second explosion just in front of the Forum restaurant,” said DesLauriers.
DesLauriers said he “strongly encourages” those who were at the Forum restaurant, but who have not contacted the FBI yet, to do so.
For clarity, DesLauriers said, the images released by the FBI should be the “only ones” that the public should view to assist the agency in the investigation.
“Other photos should not be deemed credible, (as) they unnecessarily divert the public’s attention in the wrong direction and create undue work for vital law enforcement resources,” said DesLauriers. He continued saying the following:
“We know the public will play a critical role in identifying and locating these individuals. Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family members of the suspects. Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. That’s 1-800-225-5324.
“We consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous,” said DesLauriers of the suspects. “No one should approach them. No one should attempt to apprehend them, except law enforcement,” he said.
“As you can see, the quality of the photos is quite good. We will continue on working to develop additional images to improve their identification value,” said DesLauriers.